Blagojevich Convicted of Lying to FBI

Wednesday, August 18, 2010

Ex-Governor of Illinois Rod Blagojevich (Getty Images/Getty)

Former Illinois Gov. Rod Blagojevich was convicted Wednesday of making false statements to the F.B.I., a conviction that could carry a prison sentence of up to five years. Jurors, who had been deliberating for two weeks, failed to reach a consensus on 23 remaining counts against him.

Jurors reached the verdict on one of the least serious charges against Blagojevich; other counts include charges he tried to sell or trade President Obama's former Senate seat. 

The judge has declared a mistrial, and prosecutors have vowed to seek a retrial on the charges. For his own part, Blagojevich, who did not testify at his trial, maintained his innocence.

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